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QX60 Monograph set to show off new design direction for Infiniti's best-selling SUV

The Infiniti QX60 Monograph will show off a new design direction for the company's best-selling SUV.

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A new Infiniti QX60 is on the horizon. The luxury arm of Nissan will reveal a prototype version of the next-gen QX60 SUV on September 24.

Known as the QX60 Monograph, the one-off is a design study of the forthcoming three-row SUV. Automakers will typically showcase a design study to give buyers an idea of the direction of the new model ahead of a significant shift in design.

Last autumn, AutomotiveMap was one of the invited guests of Infiniti to see the new QX55 and QX60. No photos were allowed, but we were able to tell you what we saw.

The looks of the next-gen QX60 are more straightforward and muscular than the current model. The design is a true evolution and it fits in nicely with the looks of the QX55 and the QX80. This new model has its grille more upright and headlights that are narrow, with an overall look that may remind folks of the Hyundai Santa Fe. Infiniti used "masculine" when describing the aesthetic.

There were no powertrain details available though given the tenor of the presentation Infiniti was giving, it's likely the QX60 will have some element of electrification coming though the company has said that the model will not be electrified at launch. It will come standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.

The interior of the next-gen model is wholly different than the 2020 version. The thoroughly modern SUV features USB ports at its seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and two 12.1-inch infotainment screens that replace the current entertainment, information, and climate control center stack setup.

Its cabin is outfitted in fine appointments befitting a premium brand, including quilter leather.

Infiniti says that the model will feel wider than its predecessor.

Designers have given the model the ability to come with a two-tone paint job.

At its rear is new signature Infiniti badging with the word "Infiniti" making its way back onto the tailgate of the SUV. During the presentation, the crowd was teased with the possibility that the "I" in the Infiniti badging may be functional and serve as the vehicle's tailgate release.

More information on the QX60 Monograph will be available soon.

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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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